Medical Restrictions

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Medical Restrictions & Which Countries They Serve

This list is a list of conditions that can lead to a Peace Corps medical restriction. By clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page that lists the countries people with that condition have gone to in the past. Please note that this was compiled through a survey, so this list is in no way complete and is entirely subject to change due to (a) evaluations made case by case, and (b) the ever changing availability of care in different countries.

To add to this list, go to edit the page, and there will be a big list of condition names enclosed with "|" and "[[" and "]" Find the first "Add" and replace the word "Add" with your condition. Save. The new updated page should now list your condition, only in a red link. Click your condition in the red link. It'll take you to a brand new blank edit page. From there, you can use the same format the other condition pages use to write which country accepted it, and which didn't

Arrhythmia Asthma Diabetes, T-1 Diabetes, T-2
Epilepsy Gluten Intolerance Intrauterine Device (IUD) Lactose Intolerance
Mammogram Req Mental Health Migraines Pacemaker
Seafood Allergy Tattoos Disorderly Conduct
Age (Seniors) ADD/ADHD Blindness Bipolar
Auditory glaucoma Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Bee Allergy
Dermatologist Colposcopy Hypertension Herpes
Ulcerative Colitis Add Add Add
Add Add Add Add

Incomplete List of Conditions That May Lead to a Deferral Period

If an applicant is currently dealing with any of the following conditions, his/her invitation to the Peace Corps will be deferred. The length of the deferral period varies according to each individual case.

Abnormal Pap Smear requiring current treatment Alcoholism, Substance Addiction minimum of 3 years for alcoholism or minimum of 5 years for substance abuse Allergies requiring desensitization injections Anemia (cause must be identified)
Cancer –no deferral for most skin cancers and carcinoma-in-situ Cataracts requiring surgery Celiac Sprue Coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty – 6 months symptom free, no medications, normal stress test
Cystic Acne-Accutane treatment – 2 months after completion of therapy Endometriosis Gastritis, Esophagitis, Peptic, or Duodenal Ulcer – minimum of 6 months well controlled, non-smoker Glaucoma – 3 months well controlled medications
Herniated Disc Herpes Keratitis (eye) – 2 years inactive High Blood Pressure – 3 months well controlled under treatment; weight within medically recommended range Inguinal Hernia
Internal Hemorrhoids Joint Replacement (hip, knee, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year Kidney or Bladder Infections Ligament Reconstruction (knee, ankle, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year
Mental Health Conditions (except stable, treated conditions) Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) – 12 months symptom free, not on medication, normal stress test Orthodontic Braces (excluding bite-plate) Ovarian Cyst
Uterine Fibroids - symptomatic Seizure Disorder – minimum of 1 year seizure free Stroke – 2 years symptom free, not on medication
Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - symptomatic minimum of 1 year without symptoms may defer for minimum of 2 years Sexual Assault or Abuse standard may differ for men and women, up to two years deferral from incident or last date of therapy

Incomplete List of Conditions Typically Unable to Reasonably Accommodate

After individually assessing each applicant, Peace Corps is typically unable to reasonably accommodate applicants with the following conditions.

Addison’s Disease Allergic Reaction-life threatening Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Aneurysm- inoperable
Asthma-severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Cancer (recent treatment for cancer or cancer with metastasis) Cardiac Arrhythmias – symptomatic
Celiac Sprue - symptomatic within the last 6 months Cystic Fibrosis Complex medical health conditions with multiple diagnoses Complex mental health conditions with multiple diagnoses
Conditions-requiring blood thinner medication Conditions-requiring oral or injectable steroids Connective Tissue Disorders Coronary Artery Disease
Crohn’s Disease Diabetes - with any complications Diverticulitis Endocarditis
Esophageal Varices Glomerulonephritis- chronic Heart Conditions-chronic Heart Failure
Hematological Disorder – chronic Hemophilia Hepatitis – chronic Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/AIDS -- immunosuppressed
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Irreversible Lung Disease (emphysema) Iritis – chronic Kidney Stones – recurrent
Major Depression – recurrent Muscular Dystrophy Multiple Sclerosis – no exacerbation or no new symptoms for a minimum of 3 years this has been modified – check with Dr. Simon Myasthenia Gravis
Narcolepsy – poorly controlled Obstructive Sleep Apnea - with or without C-PAP machine Optic Neuritis – recurrent Osteoporosis with history or high risk for stress fracture
Pancreatitis – chronic Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis Psychiatric Hospitalization within 1 year
Pyelonephritis – chronic Reiter’s Syndrome – chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis Sarcoidosis
Schizophrenia Thrombophlebitis – recurrent Ulcerative Colitis Uveitis – chronic
Ventricular Shunt for hydrocephalus

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